Honda is one of those automobile companies that are never afraid to change things a little bit when it comes to their cars. Such is the case of the new 2019 Honda Insight. Introduced 20 years ago, the Honda insight has seen a lot of changes but the new third-generation insight is so far the most beautiful on the list. Honda also equipped the new Insight with up to date tech features in order to compete with other hybrid vehicles of its class.
Design and Interior
The new Honda Insight looks very similar to the current-generation Civic. It possesses the same 106.3-inch wheelbase just like the Civic, the same 37.4 inches of rear legroom, and the same 15.1 cubic feet of trunk space but, do not be fooled, this is not a Civic.
Inside, the 2019 Insight seats five in a typically stylish but functional Honda interior style. Ahead of the driver is the usual two-gauge instrument cluster with a digital display panel between the gauges. A touchscreen occupies the center of the dash, just in front of two large vents. On the console are Honda’s space-saving new gear selector push-and-pull buttons, along with a flat pad for mobile phones as well as the usual cup holders and other nooks and crannies for storage.
The Insight will be offered in a total of three trims with each trim having a set of added options. The base LX gets LED headlights and running lights, 16-inch alloy rims, heated side mirrors, keyless start and a 7-inch display in the gauge cluster. when you move up to the EX, you get keyless entry, satellite radio, and an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system. The top-tier Touring trim has bigger wheels, rain-sensing wipers, heated leather seats, navigation and a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot.
Furthermore, Honda Sensing, which is the automaker’s suite of active and passive safety systems, will come as standard equipment. This includes forward collision warning, lane departure warning, automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist and adaptive cruise control. EX and Touring trims will also get ‘LaneWatch”, a new tech which puts a camera on the passenger-side mirror to offer a better look at the driver’s blind spot.
Engine and Transmission
The new Insight comes with a 1.5-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder engine that is teamed with an electric motor and lithium-ion battery pack. Total system output is 151 horsepower and 197 pound-feet of torque, and fuel economy is expected to reach 55 mpg city. That is 1 mpg better than the standard Toyota Prius which is renowned for its fuel efficiency. Since there’s no automatic transmission in the car, the electric propulsion motor can directly power the drive axles. At higher speeds, a lock-up clutch can connect the engine to the drive axles for the most efficient mode.
Unlike some other hybrids, the Honda system mostly runs on battery power alone or with the engine acting as a generator to recharge the battery that powers the car which is responsible for the boost in fuel economy, apparently. The engine only steps in, to power the wheels directly when maximum power is required or at highway speeds making the insight very responsible, almost to sports car standard.
The engine is also fitted with one new feature; “steering wheel-mounted deceleration selectors” (also known as “regen paddles”) that let a driver select from three increasingly strong levels of regenerative braking.
- Fuel efficiency is great.
- Awesome overall design.
- Hybrid system functions well.
- The design looks too similar to the Honda Civic.
The New Insight is expected to hit the market around the middle of this year. The official price for the new Insight has not been released but judging from the specs, getting a new Insight should cost at least $24,000.